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Review: Jack & The Beanstalk – Felixstowe Spa

It’s panto tradition that The Dennis Lowe Theatre Company take to the stage at Christmas time and this year is no exception as this talent amateur dramatic group brings the tale of Jack and The Beanstalk to Felixstowe.

beanstalk01Dame Trott and her son Jack are down on their luck. They have no money and when Fleshcreep demands rent they cannot pay they have to sell their beloved cow Daisy to get the money to pay.

All doesn’t go to plan though, as it’s simple Simon that ends up alone with Daisy when a mysterious stranger offers £25 gold coins for the bovine. Of cause Simple Simon agrees, but he dosen’t check the money is correct and has been duped into selling the Trott’s beloved cow for a bag of beans…
A strong cast, that could rival some professional shows, brings the story to life. We are guided through the tale by two very excitable fairies (Suzie Lowe and Ellena Bacon) complete with pixie ears!

Despite some very last minute cast changes due to illness this is a strong performance – in fact the audience was completely unaware of Stephen Lawrence and John Ling’s last minute role changes, hats off to them both.

Jon Bingham really is a star, and is the perfect Jack Trott to Betty Charlton’s Princess Jill. A special mention to Stuart Cheadle, that despite being one of the chorus, completely stole the show with one of the most convincing portrayal of Pinocchio, ever seen!

Some great musical numbers, fabulous dance routines, great costumes, and of course a very scary giant, makes for a fabulous show this Festive season. If it’s traditional panto fun you’re after then a trip to this seaside theatre is a must.

Jack and the Beanstalk is at the Spa Pavilion Theatre until 8th January to book tickets visit www.spapavilion.uk or telephone the Box Office on 01394 284962.

Review: Wendy Cook, Ipswich24 Magazine

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